Gábor Vona (founder of the Jobbik party of Hungary), from a forward to the book Handbook for Right-Wing Youth by Julius Evola.
From this, it follows that total misunderstanding and serious short-sightedness has become the most common approach to politics. This stagnation of politics unavoidably causes people to drift into the muddy waters of intellectual aberration and ideological infection. Those who conduct their political thinking and activities without any real intellectual base and centre will-despite their best efforts-become nothing more than the playthings of powers unknown and imperceptible to them. Their situation is as hopeless as trying to distinguish colors with one’s eyes covered. And it provides even more evidence regarding the truth about our modern age that such a completely unworthy political role is not repulsive to the majority of the people who are involved in it. On the contrary, they find the same joy in it that they do in extreme sports. They don’t suffer in the intellectual desert, but instead recreate it over and over again, making it go deeper and deeper. Its utter futility is clear to see by anyone who experiences the level of today’s political debates, follows the futile and empty sessions of parliament, or looks into the eyes of some politicians. Public life is nothing more than a low-level squabble between those who are inspired by nothing more than economic and social interests, which they hope will grant them the good graces of a society which has been degraded to nothing more than social and economic interests.
A few of my own opinions (and please note that I define myself as Christian & 'Traditionalist" and therefore as anti-modern). But I am not closed to other forms of traditionalist thinking or metaphysics:
It is nearly impossible, anywhere in the MSM and in most of the conversations that occur about politics and current events, to come across people who are discussing the real issues. Simply because they are not seen and they are not defined. But the Clown Show of Clown World is seen on all channels (speaking actually and metaphorically). Naturally, saying this implies that 'real issues' exist and can be defined.
This interests me: “Those who conduct their political thinking and activities without any real intellectual base and centre will-despite their best efforts — become nothing more than the playthings of powers unknown and imperceptible to them.”
The Political Theatre, the Spectacle, deals strictly in ‘aberration’ and ‘ideological infection’ and is both the symptom and the cause of the same. And since all things are related, and the downward spiral into chaos is the defining *motion* of today, it is again ‘aberration’ that is seen: it is present everywhere and is an ‘infection’. The body politic is in a mad, over-excited state. And the cultural *nourishment* is absurdiste. You can’t read and study on an empty stomach, but one lives in the illusion that one’s stomach is actually *full*!
If such is going on in the larger body politic, one must ask questions about what is happening within the body and soul of the individual. I start from the premise that what we are — our soul, our spirit — become “playthings of powers unknown and imperceptible” to us. This alludes to the ‘metaphysical’ element, something dark and captivating. I know that this notion is not popular today, and is opposed. One requires a specific definition of the *demonic* in order to be able to understand what goes on in our present, and why. I suggest it corresponds to and consists in miring in extreme materialism — the essential message that comes from nearly all channels of communication — and as well to the insidious excitement of pornography: the most manifest form of material enthrallment. Everywhere one turns one is invited to be seduced and tricked. And then one defends what corrupts one as *freedom*.
Who in America and Europe today (or elsewhere) is dealing in IDEAS, of the sort that a true Right-tending, a Right founded-political movement can be defined? WHO? But if one is not oriented to the Right, who then on the Left is defining ideas & values?
It stands to reason that the work is essentially spiritual, and that intellectual work is included in it. It has to do with *recovery of self* from out of a mire of chaos and confusing signals: and this is largely where *we* find ourselves today.
Our societies are not ‘shining city on a hill’ [Matthew 5:14: “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden”] but a perverse and perverting monstrosity. This is not to say that individual persons cannot, or will not, define and hold to exalted values, it is to suggest looking more closely at what is *really happening* around us, and examining the causes that have produced the present, and defining a realistic path toward what is higher and nobler.
It is a total illusion to imagine this will come about on its own and that the *good* will float down and install itself in a person, in people, in culture, and in society. No, just as it is within the individual, it will involve a battle against powerful forces with infinite capacity to lie and deceive, and it is lies and deceptions that (best) define Our Present.